Swimming: Former Olympic Champion Keller is part of the siege of the US Capitol.

© Reuters. Swimming: USA Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay

(Reuters) – American Klete Keller, who won two Olympic gold medals as Michael Phelps’ relay teammate, was identified as one of Donald Trump‘s supporters who stormed the United States Capitol last week, according to multiple reports. Swimming news website SwimSwam said in a report https://swimswam.com/olympic-gold-medalist-in-us-capitol-during-clashes-video-appears-to-show that at least a dozen people Inside the sport they identified the towering man in a US Olympic team jacket inside the building as Keller after reviewing video and screenshots of the riot. USA Swimming did not respond when asked if they could confirm whether Keller was part of the crowd that entered the legislative complex when lawmakers began certifying Democrat Joe Biden‘s Nov.3 election victory over Trump. Attempts to communicate with Keller were unsuccessful. A woman who answered the phone at the Colorado and Ohio-based real estate agency where Keller works told Reuters that “we are not commenting on anything at this time” and then hung up. In one of the videos, which was taken by a reporter for the conservative news outlet Townhall, a man identified as Keller is seen in the crowd that police officers are trying to push towards the exits of the US Capitol Keller. He is a five-time Olympic medalist who bested Australian great Ian Thorpe on the anchor stage of the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2004 Athens Games to win gold for the United States. Swimming World also said it confirmed with sources that Keller was seen in the United States Capitol, adding that the videos do not show any violence from the 38-year-old. According to the New York Times, Keller deleted his social media accounts, several of which, according to the post, had included a series of pro-Trump messages in recent years. Trump called on thousands of supporters to march on Capitol Hill last Wednesday, sparking chaos as crowds stormed the building and forced the evacuation of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Five people, including a police officer, died as a result of the riot.

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