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.