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Gil Colgate, Jr.

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Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGilbert Bayard "Gil"•Colgate, Jr.
Used nameGil•Colgate, Jr.
Born21 December 1899 in New York, New York (USA)
Died9 October 1965 in New York, New York (USA)
AffiliationsLake Placid BC, Lake Placid (USA)
NOC(s) United States


Great-grandson of the founder of the Colgate-Palmolive Company, Gil Colgate graduated from Yale in 1922. He became an avid sportsman, winning many sailing trophies as well as competing as a sledder. Other than his Olympic appearance his only bobsled title was the 1934 North American 2-man championship with Olympic teammate, Richard Lawrence. Colgate went on to become a director of the Colgate company and helped manage the familys investments. He was also chairman and president of Colgate-Larsen Aircraft Co., which manufactured airplane parts. Aside from his business interests, Gil Colgate was a pioneer in the fight against the population explosion, as in 1938 he founded the Citizens Committee for Planned Parenthood and was the first treasurer of the Planned Parenthood Federation.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1936 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) Two, Men Olympic Dick Lawrence 3 Bronze Representing United States