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Out 100 honors athletes

Several athletes are among those being honored by Out magazine in their 2008 Out 100. Out editor Aaron Hicklin had asked us a couple months ago if we knew any athletes who would be worthy of the honor, and we pointed them to two: Ivy League runners Jamal Brown and Corey Benton.

Friends and competitors Cory Benton (left) and Jamal Brown (right) have faced similar challenges on and off the track. As a freshman liberal-arts student at Columbia, Benton was a member of a 4x400-meter relay team that set a new school record at NCAA Regionals.... Jamal Brown's track career at Dartmouth was equally distinguished, with him medaling on several Ivy League championship relay teams.

Jamal wrote a first-person account about his experiences for us last month.

Also among them is Diana Nyad, former Olympic swimmer now sports journalist and fitness advocate:

This year Nyad has used her status as an International Swimming Hall of Fame icon to launch (with Bonnie Stoll) a fitness movement for women over 40, BravaBody.com. When Nyad boldly announces that her new venture will raise the collective self-esteem of women above the shame they feel about their bodies, you tend to believe her.

It's great to see Out's clear commitment to acknowledging the accomplishments of gay athletes. Last year, they recognized eight gay sports people with their list. This year's list is full of really smart, thoughtful choices all the way around.