Jan 13, 2021 - Sports

Video appears to show ex-Olympian at Capitol siege

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Klete Keller (R) and the other members of the U.S. 4x200 relay team after winnning gold at the 2004 Olympics. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images

Klete Keller, a two-time U.S. Olympic swimming gold medalist, was identified by former teammates and coaches as being among the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, NYT reports.

Driving the news: Keller was charged with three federal crimes on Wednesday, including obstructing law enforcement and disorderly conduct, after infiltrating the Capitol during theviolent protests in Washington.

  • Keller competed in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, where he anchored the 4x200 freestyle.
  • In 2004 in Athens, he famously held off Australia's Ian Thorpe to help his team — which featured Michael Phelps — win gold.

Watch: A video posted on Twitter appears to show the 6-foot-6-inch Keller towering over a crowd that was pushing and shoving police officers.

The backdrop: Keller, 38, was an outspoken supporter of President Trump according to his social media accounts, which have since been deleted.

  • Keller had worked in recent years as a real estate agent in Colorado Springs.
  • In 2018, he revealed that he was "homeless" and living out of his car.
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