Celebrities keeping low profile at Olympics

Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger received some face time with Games chief Sebastian Coe, while Prince William and his wife, Kate, have been spotted at several Olympic venues.
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger received some face time with Games chief Sebastian Coe, while Prince William and his wife, Kate, have been spotted at several Olympic venues. –Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Max Rossi/Reuters

LONDON — Now that’s more like it.

Mick Jagger has dropped by Olympic Stadium to watch some track and field, providing relief to celebrity-watchers who worried that the world’s biggest sporting event has been a little lacking in star power — off the field, that is.

The Rolling Stones singer, who was photographed Monday chatting with London organizing committee chief Sebastian Coe at the stadium, is not the only A-lister to take in the Games. But most are keeping a low profile.

It’s as if they know that for this brief period, they’re not the stars. The athletes are.

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The London Games have played to huge crowds, dozens of dignitaries and a healthy sprinkling of royalty, with Prince William, his wife Kate and Prince Harry popping up at everything from swimming to sailing to gymnastics to cheer on the British team.

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was spotted at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, and actress Susan Sarandon watched men’s water polo alongside gold medalist Carl Lewis on Monday. Billionaire Bill Gates has attended events including table tennis and beach volleyball.

But megastars have been few and far between. Nicole Kidman went to the Opening Ceremony — ‘‘Wow!’’ was the reaction posted on her official Facebook page — and attended a party at the Omega House hospitality venue as a face of the watch brand.

Paul McCartney has shown up at several events.

But Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both filming in Britain this summer, have so far gone undetected — to the regret of the world’s paparazzi.

One deterrent to an Olympic visit could be the concentration in one spot of thousands of the world’s media.

While it’s fairly easy for the rich and famous to blend in amid the hordes visiting Olympic Park, there’s no skipping Olympic security.

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No surprise, then, that many stars have chosen to enjoy the Olympics from afar, and offer virtual support to their favorite athletes on Twitter.

Samuel L. Jackson has been the most prolific, live-tweeting nearly every event.

Swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Gabby Douglas were hailed by everyone from Lil Wayne to Michelle Obama, while 17-year-old American gold-medal swimmer Missy Franklin received a special tweet from her celebrity crush, Justin Bieber.

‘‘Heard @FranklinMissy is a fan of mine. now im a fan of hers too. CONGRATS on winning GOLD! #muchlove,’’ the pop star posted.

Franklin was impressed. ‘‘I just died!’’ she tweeted back. ‘‘Thankyou!’’

Associated Press

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