The Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders might just steal the show at Super Bowl XLVIII—and not just because of their looks.
Known as the “Sea Gals,” the Seahawks cheer squad is planning to debut some new moves at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. In an interview with the New York Post, cheerleader Alicia Quaco revealed that Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks football team aren’t the only ones who have been practicing hard.
“We’ve had to step up our game, too,” Quaco told the newspaper. “We’re running through new routines with new music. We also had to get matching new winter coats to prepare for the cold.”
“We’re really excited to be in New York,” she added. “There are some girls on the team who have never been there before.”
Quaco isn’t just a Sea Gal—she’s also an active member of the United States Air Force. The 25-year-old told the Post that she often changes straight out of her fatigues and into her cheerleading uniform.
“It’s a lot of costume changes,” she said. “I don’t get to wear normal clothes very often. And I have hardly any free time.”
Fellow Seahawks cheerleader Christian Fernandez made headlines of her own this season. At just 18 years old, she earned a spot on Seattle’s cheer team while she was still in high school.
Want to learn more about the Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders? The team’s official website contains a bio for each of the squad’s 33 members. The official Sea Gals Twitter account can be viewed here. You can also check out a photo gallery of the Sea Gals above, and a video of the team’s calendar unveiling below.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...