Former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller is facing criminal charges Wednesday after law enforcement officers identified him as one of the people who illegally entered the U.S. Capitol during a riot last week.
According to court documents filed Wednesday, the 38-year-old Keller is facing charges of obstructing law enforcement, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
An investigator wrote in a criminal complaint that he was able to identify Keller, a three-time Olympic swimmer, in part due to the Team USA jacket he wore during the riot.
"PERSON 1 can be seen standing in the Rotunda still wearing the dark colored USA jacket, which also appears to bear a Nike logo on the front right side and a red and white Olympic patch on the front left side," the investigator wrote in the criminal complaint.
Klete Keller looks at the clock, confirming he won bronze with a time of 3:44.11 in the men's 400-meter freestyle at the 2004 Athens Olympics. (Photo: Eileen Blass, USA TODAY)
Keller won five medals in three Olympic appearances, including gold medals at the 2004 Games in Athens and 2008 Games in Beijing.
Keller was first identified as one of the rioters by multiple media outlets, including SwimSwam, an outlet that covers swimming.
Sarah Hirshland, the CEO of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said in a statement earlier Wednesday that the organization would wait for law enforcement to confirm the identity of the individual "and then evaluate any appropriate actions of our own."
"I strongly condemn the actions of the rioters at the U.S. Capitol. They do not represent the values of the United States of America or of Team USA," Hirshland said in the statement.
"At home, and around the world, Team USA athletes are held to a very high standard as they represent our country on the field of play and off. What happened in Washington, D.C., was a case where that standard was clearly not met. The people involved attacked the very fabric of the democracy we all proudly represent and, in turn, also let our community down."
Keller most recently worked for Hoff & Leigh, a real estate company, in Colorado. The company said in a statement Tuesday that Keller, an independent contractor, was no longer employed there.
Contributing: Rachel Axon; The Arizona Republic
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