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ESTEFAN TO HELP CLOSE GAMES BY SINGING `REACH'

Gloria Estefan will help close the Olympics with a new song she wrote for the occasion with collaborator Diane Warren.

Olympics officials in Atlanta said that by the time the Games begin July 19, "Reach" would have appeared on three albums, two of which are part of a five-album collection associated with the Centennial Games.The closing ceremony is Aug. 4.

The world tour of the two-time Grammy winner also includes a stop in Atlanta on July 18, the night before the opening ceremony.

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