9 Small Companies Making Waves at the 2012 Olympics

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Gill Athletics

Gill Athletics, based in Champaign, Illinois, manufactures track and field equipment, including pole-vaulting poles, javelins, shot puts, hammers, and discuses for schools and professional training facilities around the country. Founder Harry Gill won the AAU all-around championship (equivalent to today’s Olympic decathlon) in 1900 and started Gill Athletics 18 years later.