In sports there are three podiums for the first three top positions.

Based on it, in Persian we have some phrases (metaphors) like:

The success podium = Success

Reaching the success podium = Succeeding

Standing on the success podium = Succeeding

The pride podium = Success

I would like to know if such phrases are meaningful in English or if there are some equivalent phrases for them?

  • The winner's podium or platform. Yes. No success.
    – Lambie
    Jan 31, 2017 at 15:47
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    @Lambie I think you're missing the point of the question. It's about the metaphor, not simple definition.
    – relaxing
    Jan 31, 2017 at 16:22
  • @relaxing Is that right? I do not think the question is very clear. In any case, just about anything can be a metaphor.
    – Lambie
    Jan 31, 2017 at 17:07
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    – Lambie
    Feb 1, 2017 at 19:59
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    Here is the same idea with winner's podium: scottstchurch.ca/blog/…
    – Lambie
    Feb 1, 2017 at 20:02

2 Answers 2


Winner's circle would be a good equivalent (from horse racing, an area where the winning horse and rider are brought to receive their award.)

In some dialects, podium also has the connotation of a speaker's stand, not necessarily for winning an award.

Example usage:


In life, there is an exclusive arean I call "The Winner's CIrcle." Philosophically speaking, it is an intangible, pretigious society where people who consistently achieve results gain the respect of others.

from Living the Maximized Life: How to Win No Matter Where You're Starting From I.V. Hilliard, 2006

Some examples in book titles:

The Winner's Circle: Wall Street's Best Mutual Fund Managers. R. J. Shook, 2005.

The Winner's Circle, Yes, I Can!: Strengthening the Achievement, Motivation and Responsibility of AT-RISK Students : Resource Handbook. Clare LaMeres, 1994.

  • Winner's podium is very, very common.
    – Lambie
    Jan 31, 2017 at 16:18
  • @Lambie As a metaphor for succeeding generally? In what dialect? In Google hits winner's circle outnumbers winner's podium 5:1.
    – relaxing
    Jan 31, 2017 at 16:21
  • Winner's circle is a metaphor for succeeding generally? That's new to me. I fail to see the difference of winner's circle and winner's podium. And I see no metaphor in winner's circle.
    – Lambie
    Jan 31, 2017 at 16:28
  • Thanks, could you provide some examples?
    – Ahmad
    Jan 31, 2017 at 17:16
  • @Ahmad Added examples.
    – relaxing
    Jan 31, 2017 at 19:02


podium finish

implies a top three finish, since otherwise there is no podium.

This is used more in BrE than AmE. The AmE equivalent is

top three finish

Ormerod and Morgan grab World Cup podium finishes

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