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Klete Keller

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Height: 6-6 (198.1 cm)
Weight: 197 lbs (89.4 kg)
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nev.
Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Arcadia HS '00
College: Southern Cal / Eastern Michigan
College Major: Construction Management
Coached By: Dave Salo
Club: Trojan Swim Club (TROJ-CA)

 

Fast Facts

  • Three-time Olympian (2008, 2004, 2000)
  • Five Olympic medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze)

 

Career Highlights

Member of the world record-setting 800m free relay at the 2007 World Championships...triple medalist at the 2006 Pan Pacifics, winning individual gold in the 200m free and relay gold as the anchor of the American record-setting 800m free relay...member of the American record-setting 800m free relay at the 2005 World Championships...won gold at 2004 Olympic Games as a member of 800m free relay that upset the Australians, who had not lost the race at an international meet in seven years; he anchored the relay with the fastest 800m free relay split by an American.

  • Olympic History: 2008: Gold, 800m FR-R... 2004: Gold, 800m FR-R; Bronze, 400m FR; 4, 200m FR...2000: Bronze, 400m FR
  • World Champs History: 2007: Gold, 800m FR-R(WR); 10, 400m FR; 18, 200m FR...2005: Gold, 800m FR-R(AR)...2003: Silver, 800m FR-R (AR); 5, 400m FR...2001: Bronze, 200m free & 800m FR-R
  • Pan Pacs History: 2006: Gold, 200m FR & 800m FR-R(AR); Bronze, 400m FR; 10, 10K...2002: Silver, 800m FR(AR); Bronze, 400m FR...1999: Gold, 5K
  • SC Worlds History: 2002: Gold, 200m FR & 400m FR(AR); Bronze, 800m FR-R
  • 2007 World Rankings: 18th, 400m free; 49th, 200m free; 78th, 100m free
  • 2006 World Rankings: 52nd, 100m free; 3rd, 200m free; 1st, 400m free
  • 2005 World Rankings: 7th, 200m free; 4th, 400m free; 13th, 800m free; 109th, 1500m free
  • National Titles: 200m Free (1): '01 SPG...400m Free (5): '06 SUM, '05 SUM, '03 SPG, '02 SUM, '00 SUM...800m Free (1): '05 SUM

 

Records

Holds WR in 800m FR-R, set at 2007 World Championships...former AR holder in 800m FR-R, set at 2004 Olympic Games...holds AR in 400m FR, set at 2004 Olympic Games.

 

Additional Honors

  • International: Member of the 800m free relay, which has held the American record since 2004...was also a member of the American record-setting 800m free relay 2004 Olympic team that upset the Australians, who had not lost the race at an international meet in seven years; he anchored the relay with the fastest 800m free relay split by an American
  • National Teams: Seven-time National A Team (2000-06 ...1999 National Junior Team
  • All-Star Team: Six-time (2000-02, 04-06)
  • Meet Honors: 1999 5K Open Water national champion...1998 Summer Nationals Rookie of the Meet

 

Personal

  • Parents: Kelly and Karen...Kelly played basketball for Arizona State University...Karen swam for Arizona State
  • Sibling(s): Older sister (Kelsey) swam at the University of Washington...younger sister (Kalyn) swims at USC; both she and Klete competed on the 2004 Olympic Team
  • Future Professional Aspirations: Construction/builder
  • Sports Played Before Swimming: Skiing
  • Pet(s): Two dogs (Blue and Killer)...Blue is a bulldog, and Killer is a lab
  • Hobbies Outside the Pool: Fishing
  • Ultimate Way to Relax: Sitting in the sun
  • Most Influential Person: His coach (Jon Urbanchek)..."He's always so nice and patient. He's the type of man I want to be like when I'm older."
  • Charities: Habitat for Humanity
  • Sponsor(s): Speedo
  • Training Stats: Swims 20,000 meters/yards per day, 5 hours a day, 6 days a week