Pop Culture: Gloria Olympics

Gloria Estefan sings the official theme of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics
Talk about a worldwide reach! During the summer of 1996, Gloria Estefan cemented her status as a global superstar with the uplifting song heard ‘round the world. The Queen of Latin Pop co-wrote and recorded “Reach,” which served as the official theme of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, the 100th Anniversary of the first Summer Games in Greece in 1896. Estefan, who together with nine other Latino artists also recorded a Spanish-language version of the song entitled "Puedes Llegar," later performed the inspirational song at the closing ceremony. “If I could reach, higher… Just for one moment touch the sky,” sang Estefan, who touched the hearts of two billion people worldwide that night.

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Miranda Noland, Senior Photo Editor, Digital

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.