An American Olympic champion accused of storming into Congress (video)


An American Olympic champion accused of storming into Congress (video)



Colette Keeler, a five-time Olympic swimmer medalist, including two relay golds, is facing charges over his alleged participation in the Congressional riots last week.

Keeler has been charged with intentionally entering or remaining in any prohibited building or land without legal authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct of Congress, and obstruction of law enforcement on official duties, according to documents filed in District Court in Washington, DC.

This came after a video clip appeared in which a tall man wearing a US Olympic team jacket appeared among those who stormed the building last week on January 6, and several people were identified as Keeler.

It is unclear if Keeler has a lawyer and if he is in custody.

Court documents also indicated that searches showed that Keeler was identified by the media, such as SwimSwam, which specializes in covering swimming tournaments.

Matthew R. Barowski, the FBI special agent, wrote in court documents that he confirmed Keller’s identity by comparing the photos he was in with his Colorado driver’s license.

Pictures from the Capitol also show that Keeler is wearing the US Olympic team jacket and “appears to be one of the tallest people,” Parovsky wrote in his fact sheet. Keeler is 6 feet 6 inches tall.

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“We respect the rights of individuals and groups to peacefully protest, but we do not in any way condone the measures they took on the Capitol last week,” the American Swimming Association said in a statement, noting that Keller has not been a member of the federation since his retirement after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

It is noteworthy that Keeler participated in three Olympic Games in the years 2000, 2004 and 2008, and won five medals, including two gold medals in the 4 × 200 meters freestyle relay in Athens 2004 and again four years later in Beijing.



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