Olympic swimmer charged in Capitol assault

Olympic swimmer charged in Capitol assault

 

Former American swimmer Klete Keller, a five-time Olympic medalist, was charged with participating in the deadly occupation of the Capitol in Washington after a video showed him among those who broke into the building last week.

A complaint filed by the FBI in federal court, which mentions images from the video, asks to charge Keller with knowingly entering a building with restricted access to prevent an official government function, disturbing public order and obstructing law enforcement officers.

It was not clear yet whether he had been arrested.

 

Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol during a joint session of Congress on January 6, as lawmakers formalized the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

Keller, 38, competed in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 summer games. He won two gold and one silver as a member of the 4×200 freestyle relay and a pair of individual bronzes in the 400 freestyle.

 

He was a member of the relay teams that helped Michael Phelps win two of his 23 gold medals.

 

Keller closed the spot on the winning team at the 2004 Athens Games, which included Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay. Keller clocked the best time in the group.

Four years later, he closed the relay in the preliminaries, leading the Americans to set the best time, but did not compete in the final. Phelps, Lochte, Ricky Berens and Vanderkaay set a world record within a performance that was part of Phelps’ eight gold medals in Beijing.

 

But Keller passed jobs after retiring from the sport.

In interviews with the Olympic Channel podcast and USA Swimming magazine, he admitted to being a bad employee and feeling privileged because of his sporting successes. The problems affected his personal life, resulting in a divorce that left him living in his car for 10 months and the loss of the right to see his children for years.

 


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