Vanessa Riley loved Yuka Sato's skating. She pretty much always scored her way higher than anyone else. One example of this is at the 92 Olympics back when Sato had almost no technical abilities yet she had her 2nd in the long program ahead of Ito and Chen who both skated amazingly. She even gave Sato a higher technical mark than Ito who had a strong performance and a clean triple axel, and Chen who had a clean skate with 6 triples. Her marks were 5.7 tech, 5.7 pres for Sato, 5.6 tech, 5.5 pres for Ito, and 5.4 tech, 5.5 pres for Chen. Sato only had 3 triples and her hardest jump was a triple loop, and she singled her other one. Almost all the other judges had her either 7th or 8th in the free skate in Albertville. She probably deserved only 8th behind Karen Preston who did 6 triples.
Vanessa Riley hated Bonaly's skating. The 92 Olympics she had her 10th in the short when she was 3rd. At the 92 Worlds she had her 17 in the short and 22nd in the long when she was 7th and 12th.
Riley didnt even consider Bonaly a superior technical skater than Sato. In fact she consistently scored Bonaly higher in presentation than in technical scores. So Bonaly doing alot of hard jumps did not impress her, to her basic skating and edges were much of what made up technical merit, not mostly jumps like most judges see. That probably also explains why she would give Sato such high technical marks, higher than people who were way stronger jumpers than her.
How would Riley have scored Bonaly against Sato at the 94 Worlds where Bonaly was so upset she lost to Sato by .1. I bet Riley would have had them about 1.4 marks total in points. Probably would have given Sato 5.9, 5.9 and Bonaly 5.2, 5.2 or something similar to that. Also what do you think her reaction was seeing Bonaly not accept her silver behind Sato given how she feels about both skaters,and that Bonaly didnt even skate well at that event. Do you think she almost had a heart attack.