- Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller (Klete Keller) was charged after participating in a riot by supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed into the US Capitol last week.
- He was seen in a video shot inside the Capitol and was later identified by swimming news website SwimSwam and by coaches and former teammates interviewed by The New York Times.
- Those who spoke to The Times said that they were not surprised to see Keller taking part in the riots, and that Keller has made pro-Trump remarks on Facebook in recent years.
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The video shows an Olympic gold medalist, a swimmer who was once a relay teammate of Michael Phelps, was criminally charged after participating in a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week.
Klete Keller, a swimmer, faces the following charges: obstructing law enforcement officials from performing official duties involving civil disturbance, deliberately entering or staying in any restricted building or place without legal authorization, and violent entry and illegal acts on the grounds of Congress.
It is not clear whether Keller has been detained.
A reporter from the conservative news outlet Townhall saw him in a video of a congressional riot posted on Twitter.
SwimSwam, a swimming news website, first identified Keller, and later former teammates and coaches identified him as the New York Times.
In the video, Keller is seen standing at six feet six. He is wearing a U.S. Olympic team jacket with the words “USA”
There is no record of his participation in any violence in the Capitol, although federal authorities have accused many people of entering the building only during the riots.
FBI agent Matthew Barofsky said in an affidavit submitted to the court on Wednesday that officials helped identify Keller through SwimSwam’s article.
Barovsky also suggested that Keller’s height helps to identify him, saying that he “looks like one of the tallest people in the video depicting the individual” in the rotunda of the Capitol.
The 38-year-old Keller won the 4×200 freestyle medal at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. In the 2004 race, Keller defeated Australia’s Ian Thorpe in a world-famous way, helping the teams including Phelps to an advantage of only 0.13 seconds Won the gold medal.
However, his life after the Olympics was not as successful as he had hoped.
He told USA Swimming in 2018 that he had spent a period of unemployment and car life after his divorce in 2014, and told NBC Sports that he misplaced three Olympic medals.
According to the “Bulletin”, in recent years, he has been engaged in real estate brokerage business in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A spokesperson for the American Swimming Association told ESPN that they could not confirm or deny that Keller saw it in the Capitol.
The American Swimming Association said in a statement to insiders: “We respect the right of individuals and groups to protest peacefully, but we will never tolerate the actions taken in the Capitol last week.”
His former teammates and coaches found in The Times said that Keller was not surprised to participate in the riot.
They told the newspaper that he recently deleted his Facebook but had previously shared pro-Trump remarks.