American swimmer Cleat Keller is a two-time gold medalist who has competed in the Olympics five times and played in the same national team as Michael Phelps. He was found to be one of the crowd who broke into the Capitol building on the 6th (local time) following US President Trump. In a video posted by City Hall reporter Julio Rosas, he stands out because he is 198cm tall among the protesters who collided with the police inside the capitol. At the time, he was wearing the official jacket of the US Olympic team with’Team USA’ on it. Swimming website”Swim Swarm‘First reported that this man is Keller on the 11th (local time).
Keller won a total of five medals at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. He was part of a 4×200 meter freestyle relay team teamed with Phelps, Ryan Lokty and Peter Vanderkai. He won two gold medals in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.
New York TimesAccording to Keller’s former teammates and coaches, his height and the U.S. Olympic team’s jacket made him instantly recognizable. Check out the video recording the confusion at the time posted by the reporter below.
Keller’s social media account has now been deleted. Those who recognized him said he had supported President Donald Trump in recent years. Trump has argued against Joe Biden after his defeat in the presidential election with no grounds. Trump urged his supporters to gather in front of the Capitol, and a first-ever parliamentary intrusion took place.
Several people who identified Keller in the video said they reported Keller to the authorities. On social media, demands for the removal of Keller’s Olympic medals raged. HuffPost then requested comment from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but did not receive a response. Also,’USA Swimming’, an organization in charge of swimming in the United States, was silently rejected.
Keller was working for Hope & Ray, a real estate company based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. However, after this fact was reported, his profile was removed from the company’s website. And in a statement released by the company that afternoon, news came out that Keller had resigned. Washington PostReported.
Hope & Rey’s statement did not state the case of the Capitol Hill intrusion, but Hope & Rey said he supports freedom of speech and legitimate protests, but that conduct that is against the rule of law is unacceptable.
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