Curling is always one of the most popular sports at any Winter Olympics, with the array of terms often stumping viewers at home, with power play one such example. What exactly is the power play in Curling and how does it work?
The basic idea of Curling is actually very simple – get your stone closer to the centre of the target than the other team.
Do it more often – you’ll get more points and at the end, most points wins.
Simple, right? In theory, but Curling has a lot of technical terms and aspects to it.
Lights in the stones, sweepers and also power plays.
But what actually is a power play in Curling? How does it work and when can teams use it?
Power play in Curling
Norway will face Italy in the final of the mixed doubles Curling after they overcame Great Britain and Sweden, respectively in the semi-finals.
In the gold medal match, both teams will be allowed to use power plays to assist their bid for Olympic glory.
In essence, the power play in Curling is a way to move the position of some of the stones.
Used only in the mixed doubles – not in Men’s and Women’s competitions, the power play can only be used once per match.
At the start of each end, two stones are already placed on the ice.
The power play in allows a team to move the position of these pre-positioned stones to their advantage.
How they are moved
One stone is moved to where it intersects the eight-foot and 12-foot marking lines on the ice.
The other stone – known as the guard – can be placed on the side of the circle to protect the other stone – referred to as the house stone.
The team who are in possession of the hammer can call for the power play before play starts for a particular end.
Should a game exceed the normal eight ends, a power play cannot be used on extra ends in Curling.
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