Former Olympic champion Keller part of US Capitol siege - reports

American Klete Keller, who won two Olympic gold medals as a relay teammate of Michael Phelps, was identified as being among the Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol last week, according to multiple reports.

Swimming news website SwimSwam said in a report here that at least a dozen people within the sport identified the towering man wearing 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 whether they could confirm if Keller was part of the crowd that entered the legislative complex as lawmakers began certifying Democrat Joe Biden's Nov. 3 election victory over Trump.

Attempts to reach Keller were unsuccessful.

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7 Apr 2002: Klete Keller of the USA during the FINA World Swimming Championships at the Olympiisky Swimming Pool, Moscow, Russia. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
24 Jul 2001: Pieter Van Den Hoogenband of the Netherlands (left-silver), Ian Thorpe of Australia (gold-center), and Klete Keller of the USA (right-bronze) stand on the medal podium following the men's 200M Freestyle during the finals at the Marine Messe Pool during the World Swimming Champs in Fukuoka, Japan. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle/ALLSPORT
03 Apr 2002: Klete Keller of USA wins Gold in the 200 metres freestyle during the FINA World Swimming Championships at the Olympiisky Swimming Pool, Moscow. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
15 Jul 2000: Klete Keller swims in the Mens 400 Freestyle Event during the Janet Evans Invitational at the McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, California.Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle /Allsport
ATHENS, Greece: Ian Thorpe (C) from Australia, gold medal, teammate Grant Hackett (R), silver medal, and US Klete Keller pose on the podium after winning the gold medal in the men's 400m freestyle final, at the 2004 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens, 14 August 2004. AFP PHOTO TIM CLARY (Photo credit should read TIM CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
ATHENS - AUGUST 15: Klete Keller of USA is seen after the men's swimming 200 metre freestyle heat on August 15, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Main Pool of the Olympic Sports Complex Aquatic Centre in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ATHENS, Greece: members of the US 4x200m relay team, (L to R) Michael Phelps, Ryan Lotche, Peter Vanderkaay and Klete Keller (C) pose on the podiom after winning the gold medal, at the 2004 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens, 17 August 2004. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP via Getty Images)
ATHENS - AUGUST 17: Klete Keller, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay of USA celebrates after they won the men's swimming 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay final on August 17, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Main Pool of the Olympic Sports Complex Aquatic Centre in Athens, Greece. USA won gold, Australia won silver and Italy won bronze. Grant Hackett looks on. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Klete Keller of the United States of America leaves the pool after competing in the Men's 400m Freestyle heats during the XII FINA World Championships at the Rod Laver Arena on March 25, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA: (From L to R) US Ryan Lochte, Klete Keller and Michael Phelps celebrate their victory in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay, 30 March 2007 in Melbourne at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships. USA won ahead of Australia and Canada. AFP PHOTO / TORSTEN BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30: (L-R) Peter Vanderkaay, Klete Keller, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps of the USA pose following victory and a new world record in the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Final during the XII FINA World Championships at the Rod Laver Arena on March 30, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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A woman who answered the phone for the Colorado and Ohio-based real estate agency where Keller works told Reuters, "we are not commenting on anything right now" and then hung up.

In one of the videos, which was taken by a reporter from conservative news outlet Townhall, a man identified as Keller is seen among the crowd that police officers are trying to push toward the US Capitol exits.

Keller is a five-times Olympic medallist who held off Australian great Ian Thorpe on the anchor leg 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 at the US Capitol and added that the videos do not show any violence on the part of the 38-year-old.

According to the New York Times, Keller has deleted his social media accounts, several of which the publication said had included a stream of pro-Trump messaging in recent years.

Trump exhorted thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol last Wednesday, prompting chaos in which crowds breached the building and forced the evacuation of both the US Senate and the House of Representatives.

Five people, including a police officer, died as a result of the rampage.

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