Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller charged for role in storming of U.S. Capitol

An Olympic gold medalist in swimming was part of the group of President Donald Trump’s supporters that stormed the United States Capitol Building on Jan. 6. The man in question, as first reported by SwimSwam.com, is Klete Keller, who won two gold medals as a relay teammate of Michael Phelps. On Wednesday, the Keller was charged for his role in the riots, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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US swimmer Klete Keller smiles after winning the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay swimming heat at the National Aquatics Center in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 12, 2008

Keller was identified by “a dozen people within the sport,” according to SwimSwam.com, in a review of footage and various screenshots from the riot that made its way inside the Capitol. The swimmer was identified not only because of his height — he stands at 6-feet-6-inches — but also because he was wearing a U.S. Olympics-branded team jacket during the charge into the federal building and did not have anything obscuring his face.

The 38-year-old has deleted his social media accounts, but The New York Times reports that his feeds “included a stream of pro-Trump messaging” to the point that the people who identified him in the footage were not surprised he was in the Capitol building.

Despite that the only footage of his presence in the Capitol, posted by conservative news outlet Townhall, shows him not actively combatting officers or defacing any property, Keller being identified meant that it was only a matter of time before he would be in some sort of legal jeopardy, as the FBI has been going after people who were illegally in the federal building with charges.

Keller is perhaps best known for his performance in the 2004 Olympics in Athens where, as anchor of the U.S. 800-meter free relay team, he held off gold medalist Ian Thorpe to help secure Team USA a gold medal in the event.

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