Which King stopped the ancient Olympic Games?
The games likely came to an end under Theodosius II, possibly in connection with a fire that burned down the temple of the Olympian Zeus during his reign. During the celebration of the games, an Olympic Truce was enacted so that athletes could travel from their cities to the games in safety.
Why did Emperor Theodosius ban the Olympics?
In 393 AD, the Roman Emperor Theodosius I banned the Olympic Games for religious reasons, claiming that they encouraged paganism. They were not revived until the modern era.
Who was the first Olympic champion?
First Modern Champion
On 6 April 1896, the American James Connolly won the triple jump to become the first Olympic champion in more than 1,500 years.