For Olympic hopeful Michael Gilday, the thrill of short-track is the fact that the winner doesn’t have to be the swiftest on the ice, but the smartest.

“It’s a head-to-head race, and for me that’s the appeal,” said Gilday, 22, at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on Thursday.

“If you go out and try to hammer as fast as you can, guys are just going to sit behind you, suck off you in the draft and pass you in the end. You’ve got to be intelligent.”

Members of Canada’s national and development teams are in Vancouver this weekend, holding a training camp at the future Olympic venue.

Camp concludes Saturday with a half-day of men’s racing that is open to the public.

Gilday has been on the national team for the past two years and he is one of 16 athletes challenging for four open spots on Canada’s Olympic team.

“It’s going to be a huge battle for those last four spots.”