U.S. swimmer and Olympian Klete Keller charged in Capitol riot.


U.S swimmer and Olympian Klete Keller charged in Capitol riot: January 14, 2021: According to court documents, Klete Keller, winner of five Olympic swimming medals and two relay golds, was charged on Wednesday for his alleged participation in the Capitol riot last week.

Keller faces charges of purposely entering any restricted building without lawful authority and obstructing law enforcement engaged in official duties incident to civil disorder, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC.

A Journalist Julio Rosas shared a video that appeared to show the 38-year-old, 6 inches tall, standing conspicuously in the middle of the chaos on Wednesday.

The SwimSwam swimming website was the first to report that members of the sporting community-identified Keller in the video.

It shows a large group of protesters in the Capitol rotunda as police in riot gear force them out of the area.

Keller is wearing a U.S. Olympic Team jacket and “appears to be one of the tallest individuals” in the photos from Capitol.

Investigators said they identified him based on screengrabs from the video, driver’s license, jacket, and height.

Keller competed in 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics. He won two gold medals and a silver for the 4×200-meter freestyle relay and two individual bronze medals for the 400 free.

However, it is unclear whether Keller has an attorney and whether he is in custody.

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