An athlete wears a crown (AV; ‘wreath’, NRSV; ‘garland’, REB) as the reward for victory (1 Cor. 9: 25). As a token of kingship, a crown (a different word in Greek) symbolized power (Rev. 9: 7) and glory (1 Peter 5: 4). Paul looked on his converts as his crown (Phil. 4: 1).