A three-time Olympic medalist is the current individual to join a growing list of Americans who have been charged by authorities in connection with last week’s U.S. Capitol riot.

Klete Keller, a champ swimmer who won two gold medals as a relay colleague of Michael Phelps, was charged in a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, court records show. He is charged with blocking law enforcement, purposefully getting in or remaining in a limited building, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol premises.

The news follows Keller was identified in videos throughout the violent storming of the Capitol on January 6, which left 5 dead.

On Monday, swimming news website SwimSwam was the very first to report his look at the riot. The website stated that at least a dozen people from the competitive swimming neighborhood had actually acknowledged him in footage shared on Twitter by a press reporter from conservative news outlet Townhall.

According to The New York Times, a number of Keller’s former teammates and coach recognized him in the footage due to the fact that of his height (Keller is 6-foot-6) and the U.S. Olympic group coat he wore that day.

In a criminal problem, a detective also recognized the 38- year-old swimmer in the Capitol Rotunda from his coat, describing his “dark colored USA jacket, which also appears to bear a Nike logo on the front ideal side and a red and white Olympic patch on the front left side.”

The swimmer has completed in three Olympics on the U.S. swim team, winning gold medals in the 2004 Athens games as well as the 2008 Beijing games.

Klete Keller
Klete Keller kicks back after his victory in the Men’s 800 Meter Freestyle event during the 2005 ConocoPhillips National Championship on August 3, 2005, in Irvine, California.
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There is presently no footage showing Keller engaging in any violent acts on January 6, but his presence inside the Capitol structure may imply legal difficulty.

Keller was an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, according to both SwimSwam and the Times

Newsweek reached out to U.S.A. Swimming, the nationwide governing body for competitive swimming, and to the International Olympic Committee for remark however did not hear back prior to publication.


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