Klete Keller during the 2008 Olympics in China.
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U.S. Olympic swimming champion Klete Keller was indicted by the Justice Department on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in the January 6 violence perpetrated by supporters of President Donald Trump.
Identified by his American team jacket
In several videos, Klete Keller can be seen in the middle of the crowd illegally present in the Rotunda of the seat of the American Parliament.
A statement accompanying the indictments released Wednesday says police identified the five-time Olympic medalist by what looks like an official US Olympic team jacket, including a huge "USA" logo on the back.
Olympic gold medalist was part of crowd that invaded Capitol https://t.co/iQf4RK5NXZ pic.twitter.com/jewUutAH8N
- Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) January 12, 2021
Klete Keller has been charged with unlawful trespassing on Capitol Hill, violent conduct or disturbing public order, and obstructing law enforcement.
The 38-year-old Keller competed in the Olympics in 2000, 2004, and 2008, winning two gold medals, and one silver in the 4X200m freestyle relay, and two bronze medals in the individual, in the 400m free swim.
The memory of the 2004 relay
His winning relay race in 2004 in Athens remains one of the most famous in swimming history, with Michael Phelps in an American team against the Australians led by mighty champion Ian Thorpe. able to withstand Thorpe's comeback for victory, ending years of Australian domination in the category.
His post-Olympic life was more complicated with a divorce, the loss of several jobs, becoming homeless for a while, sleeping in his car, he recounted in a 2018 podcast from the official Olympic Channel. of the Olympics.
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