Why were the Olympic games discontinued for over 1000 years?
Olympic games were started sometime in 779 BC in Olympia, Greece. These were athletic competitions between Greek city states. The ancient Olympic games continued in some form till 394 AD, after which Theodosius I the Roman emperor suppressed them as a measure to curb pagan ritual and practices to promote Christianity.
The first Olympic games took place in the year 776 BCE, and the last one took place in 393 CE after being outlawed by the Roman Emperor Theodosius. However, efforts from the French and the Greeks brought the Olympic games back in the year 1896 CE (about 1000 years ago). Ever since then, they have been celebrated every 4 years.
Through the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, the U.S. athlete to win the most Winter Olympic medals is speed skater Bonnie Blair with 6 (5 gold, 1 bronze) at the 1988, 1992, and 1994 Games. 1) 1988 Winter Games in Calgary: gold in women's 500 meters and bronze in women's 1000 meters. 2) 1992 Winter Games in Albertville: gold in women's 500 meters and gold in women's 1000 meters. 3) 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer…