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Klete Keller, U.S. Olympic medalist, arrested, charged for role in US Capitol storming

Sporting News — (Joe Rivera)

Former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller was arrested and charged Wednesday with several crimes related to the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week, per reports.

Keller faces charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in the Capitol building and impeding law enforcement.

Keller was among the insurrectionists in Washington on Jan. 6, having been identified in a video that circulated on social media last week, per a report from swimming website SwimSwam.

The site reported that Keller was identified in a video of insurrectionists in the Captiol, with the New York Times reporting that teammates of Keller's identified him in the footage.

Keller's 6-6 frame stood out among the crowd, and he was also indentifiable by his United States Swim Team jacket. The criminal complaint also noted that Keller's jacket was part of the process of identification.

Per the New York Times, Keller has deleted social media accounts and also has resigned from his Colorado-based real estate firm.

Keller, who made appearances for the United States in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic games, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, with five overall medals in swimming. 

Insurrectionists rioted in the Captiol, hoping to deny the election certification of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Congress reconvened later that evening, affirming the 2020 election results. 

Sitting President Donald Trump is facing a second impeachment for his role in the insurrection, with congressmen and congresswomen placing onus on Trump for the rioter's actions.

Those who were involved in the insurrection face federal charges. Five people died during the attempted siege.