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Curl Austin is Texas' only ice rink dedicated to just curling. (Curl Austin)

Austin temperatures may hit the mid-80s in December, but new curling center Curl Austin has kept it cool since September as they teach warm-blooded Austinites about a fast-growing Winter Olympic sport: curling.

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UT soccer player and Olympian Julia Grosso banged an Austin FC drum alongside Verde and Black fans as the soccer community continues to grow in Austin. (Austin FC/Twitter)

On Monday, University of Texas soccer player Julia Grosso announced her first professional contract with Juventus, a team in Italy's top-flight league Seria A—but that's not even her biggest accomplishment this year.

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Just before the yearlong torch was snuffed out in Tokyo, Team USA edged out China for the most Olympic gold medals to wrap up the Games, aided by three last-minute gold medals from athletes with Austin ties.

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