Former Olympic gold medal swimming champ allegedly at U.S. Capitol breach

An Olympic gold medal swimming champion was reportedly among the unlawful crowd that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week.

Klete Keller, 38, who won two Olympic gold medals as a relay teammate of Michael Phelps, was identified by former teammates and coaches as a member of the Pro-Trump crowd that surged the Capitol during violent protests, according to The New York Times.

A video posted online by a reporter from Townhall, a conservative outlet, appeared to show Keller towering over a crowd that was pushing and shoving with police officers who were trying to clear the Capitol Rotunda, the Times reports.

Several former teammates and coaches told the Times they recognized Keller in the video because of his size and because he was wearing a U.S. Olympic team jacket that had “USA” printed across the back and down the sleeves. A green face covering hung around his neck, making his face clearly visible.

A swimming news site, SwimSwam, first reported Keller’s presence at the Capitol riot Monday.

Keller had worked in recent years as a real estate agent in Colorado Springs. His agency, Hoff & Leigh, declined comment Tuesday.

A member of three U.S. Olympic teams, Keller won medals at three Olympics, including golds at the Athens Games in 2004 and at the Beijing Games in 2008 as a member of the 4×200-meter relay team. He won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games.


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