Klete Keller Wiki – Biography
According to reports, it was determined that Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller participated in the US Capitol riots last Wednesday.
Keller, a swimmer who won two gold medals on the US flag team along with Michael Phelps, was identified by former teammates and coaches through social media footage showing him in the US Capitol, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
In the footage taken during the pro-Trump siege at the Capitol building, where five people were killed, the 38-year-old suspect did not show any acts of violence. A man who looks like Keller in a video on social media moves through a crowd of rebels pushed out of the Capitol Rotunda by law enforcement inside the Building.
The Times reported that Keller’s former teammates and coaches identified him in a video posted on Twitter by a reporter from the conservative news outlet Townhall.
According to the report, Keller could be identified as wearing a US Olympic team jacket and not covering the face of the protective face mask that should be worn to slow the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
The video was shared widely among the swimming community, and the Times reported that “several people” warned law enforcement after watching the clip.
Crowd continues to increase in size with Trump supporters for today’s rally in Washington, DC. pic.twitter.com/poVMoDPBoa
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 6, 2021
Swimming news site SwimSwam reported the news first Monday. The site reported that Keller’s social media accounts were deleted, but according to his past posts, he was an “outspoken supporter” of President Donald Trump.
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Neither Keller nor his family responded to PEOPLE’s attempts to reach out to them for comment. Keller made no public statements that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was involved in the incident, which he later denounced as a “failed insurrection” attempt.
Law enforcement from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a stern warning that rebels who entered the US Capital on Tuesday would be pursued and charged.
“Even if this is just an intrusion into the Capitol, or if someone planted a pipe bomb, you will be charged and found,” said Michael Sherwin, Deputy US Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Keller joined USC before making the Olympic team by swimming for the United States at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 games.
During his Olympic career, he won five medals, including two gold medals, as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay team, which included Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay. The team won gold in Athens in 2004 and four years later in Beijing.
Keller was an employee of commercial real estate firm Hoff & Leigh in Colorado Springs, Colorado, The Washington Post reported. Hoff & Leigh told PEOPLE Tuesday afternoon that Keller had resigned from the company.
Keller’s former teammates have confirmed the identity of the 1.8-meter swimmer to The Post, based on footage from the U.S. Capitol riot.