The athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympics may not get a say in their sports attire - but nail art is one way many of the stars have found to show their patriotism.

Union Jack nails have been a fixture for Team GB girls - from double bronze medal-winner Rebecca Adlington to gold medal cyclist Dani King.

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The nails of Laura Robson of Great Britain are painted with colors of the Union Flag as she plays against Lucie Safarova at Wimbledon

And the trend for red, white and blue nails has gone beyond the Athletes Village - with X Factor winner Alexandra Burke getting in the Olympic spirit with her nail art.

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  • GB Cyclist Dani King

    Great Britain's Dani King celebrates with their gold medals after winning the Women's Team Pursuit Final at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park, London, on the eighth day of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • GB Archer Alison Williamson

    Great Britain's Alison Williamson with painted finger nails during the Women's Individual Archery Ranking Round at Lords Cricket Ground, London.

  • GB Swimmer Rebecca Adlington

    Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medal after finishing third the Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Aquatics Centre, London.

  • Australia's Basketball Team

    An Australian player's nails are painted in national colours during their preliminary group B match against Great Britain.

  • Japanese Shooter Yukie Nakayama

    Japan's Yukie Nakayama has her nails painted with the Japanese and Britain's colours as she competes in the Trap women qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London

  • France Shooter Delphine Reau

    France's Delphine Reau, sporting the colors of her country's flag on her nails, adjusts her glasses a she competes to win her bronze medal in the Trap women's final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London, on August 4, 2012.

  • Czech Pole Vaulter Jirina Ptacnikova

    Jirina Ptacnikova of Czech Republic competes in the Women's Pole Vault qualification=

  • US High Jumper Hyleas Fountain

    Hyleas Fountain of the United States's tattoo and painted nails during the Women's Heptathlon High Jump

  • Russian Heptathlete Olga Kurban

    Olga Kurban of Russia's nails as she waits to competes in the Women's Heptathlon High Jump

  • German Beach Volleyball

    A German player has her nails painted with German national colours during the men Beach Volleyball round of 16 match against Germany's Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler on the Centre Court Stadium in Horse Guards Parade

  • GB Cyclist Victoria Pendleton

    The nails of Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain during the Women's Sprint Track Cycling Qualifying

  • Lithuanian Swimmer Ruta Meilutyte

    Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania with her national flag painted on her nails blows a kiss to the crowd at the Aquatics centre after winning the women's 100m breaststroke

  • Danish Tennis Player Caroline Wozniacki

    Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark displays her fingernails decorated with her national flag as she arrives at the Olympic Village

  • US Tennis Player Venus Williams

    US tennis player Venus Williams looks at her hand as her fingernails are adorned with US national colors during a press conference at the Olympic Stadium

  • US Shotputter Jillian Camarena-Williams

    The nails of United States' Jillian Camarena-Williams are seen in a women's shot put qualification round during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics

  • French Swimmer Coralie Balmy

    French swimmer Coralie Balmy wears nail polish in the colors of the national flag as she prepares for a practice session at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park