Easton native skates his way into The Bachelorette mansion


Easton native Ryan Spirko skated a long way from home to meet Hannah, the Bachelorette, in Los Angeles.

"This whole thing has been quite an interesting journey," said Spirko.

Spirko, a Wilson Area High School and Lehigh University grad, was chosen as one of the 30 contestants for this season of ABC's The Bachelorette.

"I got the phone call one day and then all of a sudden it was like hey this is a casting producer from The Bachelorette and I just assumed it was a prank call," said Spirko.

Spirko had no idea his mom and sister nominated him for the show. Hesitant at first, he agreed to give it a go.

"Seeing the support from the community, especially from the Lehigh Valley, made me more excited to go," said Spirko.

Taking a leave of absence from his job in Philadelphia, he flew out to California. On night one he just decided to "roll" with it, making his grand entrance on roller skates and earning the nickname "Roller Boy Ryan."

"It's definitely tough to keep your balance mentally and physically at that moment," said Spirko.

Unfortunately, Roller Boy Ryan was sent home that night, but he says he feels good about his time in the mansion.

"I felt like I had some really good one on one moments with her, unfortunately apparently it wasn't that good because here I am now but there was a lot of other great guys there," said Spirko.

Fast forward to this week to the show's premiere.

"The build up beforehand is just so nerve wracking and exciting at the same time," said Spirko.

Spirko, his friends and family held a watch party Monday night. He says despite his early exit he's proud of himself and, like any date, learned something along the way.

"It was an amazing experience, definitely eye-opening," said Spirko.

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