Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Reportedly Facing New Charges Related To Being At US Capitol Protest
Klete Keller is a two-time gold medalist, one-time silver medalist, and two-time bronze medalist US Olympic swimmer. Keller also is a “member of the world record-setting 800m free relay at the 2007 World Championships” per Team USA.
The swimmer competed in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympic Games and was a “member of the world record-setting 800m free relay at the 2007 World Championships” per Team USA.
In February 2021, according to the Washington Post’s Rick Maese, “Keller is facing new charges and possibly a stiffer punishment for his alleged role in the U.S. Capitol (protest) after a federal grand jury returned a new indictment Wednesday against the five-time Olympic medalist”.
The Olympic Gold medalist “was arrested last month (January 2021) and originally charged with obstructing law enforcement, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds” according to The Hill’s Jordan Williams.
According to SwimSwam, “a video posted to Twitter appears to show Olympian Klete Keller among the protestors inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda”.
For more on Keller’s story previous to this incident, he was on the Olympic Channel podcast titled: “Olympic gold to homeless: Why you should never give up with Klete Keller”. The swimmer has been through a lot in his journey and he goes in-depth with his experience in the Olympics to his life after winning medals.
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