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Mary Earps tops Telegraph’s list of most influential women in sports

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The Telegraph published its list of most influential women in sports, with England goalkeeper Mary Earps taking the top spot.

U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles held the No. 2 spot in the list from the London newspaper.

This year, Earps was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, FIFA Best Women’s Goalkeeper, Women’s World Cup Golden Glove winner, Women’s Super League Golden Glove winner and finished fifth in the Ballon d’Or Feminin voting – the highest finish ever for a goalkeeper. She was also named to Vogue’s “Forces for Change.”

According to The Telegraph, Earps earned her spot at the top of their ranking “not only because of her feats on the pitch, helping England to a first World Cup final – men’s or women’s – since 1966, but because of how she inspires people with her actions off it.”

They also noted that Earps has “very much become the face of the Lionesses” having finished the year as England’s captain, and used her platform for good.

Biles, meanwhile, “solidified her place as the greatest gymnast of all time” this year. Her spot on the list comes after she was named the AP’s Female Athlete of the Year for the third time.

Other high-profile figures in the list’s Top 10 include Billie Jean King (No. 4), NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman (No. 5), US Open champion Coco Gauff (No. 6), and soon-to-be USWNT coach Emma Hayes (No. 7).

Spain soccer player Jenni Hermoso, skier Mikaela Shiffrin and Australian soccer player Sam Kerr also grace the list.