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True, the world’s top athletes are dazzling us with their incredible athletic feats in Sochi, Russia, during the 2014 Winter Games, but they’re also showing off seriously stylish nail art that deserves a trip to the fashion winner’s podium, too. Here are seven competitors who deserve mani medals.
Rebekah Wilson, Great Britain
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The bobsleigh team member showed off Union Jack nails, along with Sochi 2014 thumbs in the Olympic Village.
Sophie Caldwell, United States
The Vermont native and Dartmouth College grad finished sixth in the women’s cross-country sprint final, possibly getting a boost from her fun American flag-painted nails she showed off on her Instagram account, @sophiecaldwell.
Gracie Gold, United States
The 18-year-old figure skater loves to show off her nail art, including this red, white and blue mani featuring American flags and other patriotic designs on her Instagram account, @graciegold95.
Maria-Hoefl Riesch, Germany
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The skier who took good in Sochi for the alpine women’s super combined slalom, also served as Germany’s flag-bearer during the opening ceremony, sporting nails decorated like her country’s flag, along with an accent nail showing off the Olympic rings.
Anne Schleper, United Sates
A Minnesota native, who plays defense for the U.S. hockey team, Schleper shared her cool blue manicure complete with glittery stars and stripes accent nails, on her Twitter feed, @aschlep.
Irene Wust, Netherlands
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Wust took gold in the women’s 3,000-meter speed skating competition, and, while we can’t say for certain that her red, white and blue nails (the colors of her country’s flag) – with medal gold pinkies – helped her win, they definitely couldn’t have hurt.
Anna Willcox-Silfverberg, New Zealand
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Rocking black and white nails, possibly a nod to New Zealand’s famed All Blacks rugby team, with “N” and “Z” details, the freestyle skier finished 15th in the women’s ski slopestyle competition.