President Trump spoke to the crowd and urged them to go to the building. Then the spectators became violent as rebels stormed the US Capitol.


Former US swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller faces criminal charges after law enforcement officials identified him as one of the people who illegally entered the US capital during a riot last week.

According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court on Wednesday, the 38-year-old Keller has been charged with obstructing law enforcement, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct for Capitol reasons.

An FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint that he was able to identify Keller, who is 6 feet 6, in part because of his height. The agent also noticed the Team USA jacket that Keller, a three-time Olympian, was wearing during the uprising.

“PERSON 1 can be seen standing in the Rotunda still wearing the dark-colored US jacket, which also appears to bear a Nike logo on the right front and a red and white Olympic patch on the left front,” the agent wrote in complaint.

Court records did not immediately mention a lawyer for Keller, and it was unclear from Wednesday afternoon whether he had surrendered to authorities.

Keller won five medals in three Olympic appearances for the United States, including gold medals at the 2004 Athens Games and the 2008 Beijing Games.

Keller was first identified as one of the rebels by several media outlets, including SwimSwam, a socket that covers swimming.

Sarah Hirshland, executive director of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, released a statement on the reports earlier Wednesday, though she did not refer to Keller by name. She said the USOPC would wait for law enforcement to confirm the identity of the individual “and then evaluate any own actions.”

“I strongly condemn the actions of the rebels at the US Capitol. They do not represent the values ​​of the United States of America or Team USA,” Hirshland said in the statement.

“At home and around the world, Team USA athletes are kept to a very high standard as they represent our country on the playground and off. What happened in Washington, DC, was a case where this standard was clearly not met. The people involved attacked the very structure of the democracy that we all proudly represent, and in turn also failed our society. “

Keller recently worked for Hoff & Leigh, a real estate company, in Colorado. The company said in a statement Tuesday that Keller, an independent contractor, was no longer employed there.

Contribution: Rachel Axon; Republic of Arizona

Contact Tom Schad at or on Twitter @ Tom_Schad.

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