9 Small Companies Making Waves at the 2012 Olympics

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Palmer Power Springs

In 1981, former acrobat Leonard Palmer came up with a unique design for spring floors, which would be strong enough to support dancers and gymnasts tumbling about, but also flexible enough to not cause injuries. Today, the $1 million company, based in Bloomingdale, Illinois, helps to supply roughly 300 spring floors a year to gyms and schools around the world.