Klete Keller, a former U.S. Olympic gold medalist, was arrested and charged after taking part in the protests that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. He was arrested in Colorado on January 7, a day after the riots. The swimmer has been charged with knowingly entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in the Capitol building, and impeding law enforcement. Keller was easy to identify because of his 6’6” frame and United States Swim Team Jacket.
Keller participated in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics for the 400-meter freestyle and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended the University of Southern California for two years after graduating from Arcadia High School in 2000.
After the insurrection at the Capitol, videos of Keller and other protestors circulated the internet. Keller is among several individuals who have been arrested for using violence to deny the certification of the election results. After his arrest, the judge ordered Klete Keller to be released on a personal recognizance bond.
After the identification of Keller at the Capitol, USA Swimming stated that, “Mr. Keller’s actions in no way represent the values or mission of USA Swimming. And while once a swimmer at the highest level of our sport–representing the country and democracy he so willfully attacked–Mr. Keller has not been a member of this organization since 2008.”