Klete Keller: American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, world champion, world record-holder (born: 1982) | Biography
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Klete Keller
American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, world champion, world record-holder

Klete Keller

Klete Keller
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Intro American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, world champion, world record-holder
A.K.A. Klete D. Keller
Is Athlete Swimmer
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 21 March 1982, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA; Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Age 41 years
Star sign Aries
Siblings: Kalyn Keller
University of Southern California
Arcadia High School
Sports Teams
USC Trojans
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Klete D. Keller (born March 21, 1982) is an American former competition swimmer who won medals at the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics in the 400-meter freestyle and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Keller was inside the Capitol Rotunda during the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol.

Collegiate career

Keller attended the University of Southern California for two years from 2000 to 2001, but left school to focus on swimming. While at USC, Keller won multiple individual and relay Pac-10 and NCAA Championships in the 200, 500 and 1,650-yard freestyle, as well as freestyle relays.


In the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in Athens in 2004, Keller held off a charging Ian Thorpe in the anchor leg to win the race by 0.13 seconds. This was the first time Australia had been beaten in the event in over seven years. The American relay of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Peter Vanderkaay, and Keller were undefeated in competition from the Athens games onward. Vanderkaay, Larsen Jensen, Erik Vendt, and Keller make up the core of the premier American mid-distance/distance freestyle swimmers.

Klete was one of many 2000 Olympic medalists from The Race Club World Team, a summer swimming camp in Florida.


From 2004 to 2007, Keller trained at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor under Bob Bowman and former head coach Jon Urbanchek. He has left Ann Arbor and returned to USC to finish school and train under coach Dave Salo.

2021 storming of the US Capitol

In 2021, Keller was identified as a participant in the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, where he was seen inside the Capitol Rotunda in a crowd of people clashing with police officers. Keller's presence was reported to authorities by several people who saw a video posted by conservative outlet Townhall. Some of the people who recognized Keller in the video said his social media accounts had included a stream of pro-Trump messaging in recent years. His social media accounts have since been deleted.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 12 Jan 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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