PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA (WBRE/WYOU) – Clark Summit native Adam Rippon, the 28 year old who has been called “America’s Sweetheart” at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic games, leaves his first entry onto the Olympic stage with a bronze medal and thousands of fans.

Earlier this week Rippon won his bronze as part of the team competition and Friday night (ET) he placed 10th in the men’s singles competition.

Speaking exclusively with Eyewitness News Saturday morning (ET) Rippon said “I will never forget my roots. I’m absolutely Pennsylvania’s ‘Sweetheart’ first and foremost.”.

“When I was a young kid and started skating in Pittston, I always dreamed of going to the Olympics. And now, to be here, at the Olympic games, to be wearing a medal is – it’s been incredible.”

So what happens next?

“I have spent so many years as a competitive figure skater,” he tells us “and this is a moment I’ve dreamed of my entire life. 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 thier stories. During this whole Olympic experience I’ve been totally honest and genuine and totally myself. And I’ve wanted to represent my country to the best of my abilities and I feel I was able to do that and also represent NEPA”

I’ve had one of the best weeks of my entire life”, he told Eyewitness News.

Check back later for more on our exclusive interview with Adam!