Several former teammates recognized the gold medalist in footage from inside the Capitol, where he was seen wearing a U.S. Olympic team jacket with ‘USA’ on it.
U.S. Olympic swimming gold medalist Klete Keller was among the mob of Trump supporters that breached the U.S. Capitol last week, according to multiple media reports.
Several former teammates and coaches identified Keller in images and videos posted online, which showed the former Olympic athlete at the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, according to the New York Times.
The 6-foot-6 former professional swimmer was able to be identified partly because he was wearing an Olympic team jacket that had “USA” printed on the back, as the New York Times reports. Keller had a green face covering down around his neck, with his face visible.
As the New York Times noted, there have been no videos to emerge which show Keller involved in any violent acts inside the Capitol.
Keller won two Olympic gold medals as a relay teammate of Michael Phelps.
On Tuesday, the FBI briefed reporters on their investigation into the riot, saying that the range of crimes committed by those in the Capitol that day is “unmatched.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said Tuesday that the grounds in and outside of the U.S. Capitol was still considered, essentially, a crime scene. Steven D’Antuono of the FBI’s Washington Field Office said the bureau has opened at least 160 case files in 6 days as the agency continues to arrest and bring charges against individuals involved in the Capitol riot.
Crimes the FBI is investigating range from trespass to sedition. Multiple people who entered the Capitol during the riots now face federal charges including unlawful entry and disorderly conduct, the New York Times has reported.
Keller was most recently known to have worked as a real estate agent in Colorado Springs for the agency Hoff & Leigh. According to reports, the company appears to have removed him from their website.