US medalist talks next step after Olympics

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Bronze medalist Adam Rippon may have referred to himself as America’s sweetheart, but wants those back home to know he will never forget his roots in Pennsylvania.

“I will never forget my roots, I’m absolutely Pennsylvania’s sweetheart first and foremost,” said Rippon.

Rippon said some of his greatest moments at the Olympics were skating three clean programs in the competition and coming away with a bronze medal in the team event.

“You know, when I was a young kid and I started skating in Pittston, I always dreamed of going to the Olympics and now to be here at the Olympic games and to be wearing a medal is um… it’s incredible,” he said.

Rippon also talked about what is future plans are after devoting his life to being a competitive figure skater.

“I feel like I have a lot of big things coming up next. I’ve had such an outpour of so many people reaching out to me and sharing their stories, ’cause I feel like through this whole Olympic experience, I’ve been really honest and genuine and totally myself, and I’ve wanted to represent my country to the best of my abilities and I feel like I was able to do that,” he said.

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