Laia Tutzó

Laia Lluisa Tutzó Moreno[a] (born 9 October 1980) is a Spanish former sailor, who specialized in the two-person dinghy (470) and Yngling classes.[1] Together with her partner Natalia Vía Dufresne, a four-time Olympian and a double silver medalist, she was named one of the country's top sailors in the double-handed dinghy for the 2008 Summer Olympics, rounding out the top-ten crews in the final race.[2] Outside her Olympic career, Tutzó helped the Azón sisters Monica and Sandra solidify a golden finish at the inaugural Yngling Worlds in 2002, before switching her yachting duty to pair up with Vía Dufresne and then Marina Gallego in the 470.[3] A member of Port d'Aro Nautical Club in the outskirts of Barcelona, Tutzó trained most of her sporting career under the tutelage of Eneko Fernández, one of the federation's coaches in the double-handed dinghy.[4]

Laia Tutzó
Personal information
Full nameLaia Lluisa Tutzó Moreno
Nationality Spain
Born (1980-10-09) 9 October 1980 (age 40)
Barcelona, Spain
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
Sailing career
Class(es)Dinghy and keelboat
ClubClub Nautic Port d'Aro
CoachEneko Fernández
Medal record

Tutzó competed for the Spanish sailing squad, as a crew member in the women's 470 class, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She and skipper Vía Dufresne topped the selection criteria by an effortless, 82-point edge over the other tandem Gallego and Támara Echegoyen to lock the country's 470 berth among the females for the Games at the class-associated Worlds nearly eight months earlier in Melbourne, Australia.[5] The Spanish duo entered the final race with a couple of runner-up marks recorded throughout the series, both of which came close to their provisional fourth and ninth-leg triumph, respectively, by the narrowest of margins.[6][7] A costly penalty turn for an incident at the final upwind mark, however, pushed both Tutzó and Vía Dufresne to the back and out of the medals, sitting them in the tenth overall spot with 92 net points.[2][8][9]


  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Tutzó and the second or maternal family name is Moreno.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Laia Tutzo". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020. Full name: Laia Lluisa Tutzo Moreno
  2. ^ a b "Los españoles, quintos" [Spaniards finished fifth] (in Spanish). EuroSport. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2020. Laia Luisa Tutzó
  3. ^ "Spain Win Womens Title and Denmark Mens". World Sailing. 27 July 2002. Retrieved 8 April 2020. Laia Tutzo
  4. ^ Sardina, Pedro (6 August 2008). "Medusas como sandías" [Jellyfishes like watermelons] (in Spanish). ABC. Retrieved 8 April 2020. Laia Tutzó
  5. ^ "Vía-Dufresne y Tutzó sacan billete para Pekín" [Vía-Dufresne and Tutzó punched the ticket to Beijing] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2020. Laia Tutzó
  6. ^ "Australia Take Commanding Lead Into Women's 470 Medal Race". World Sailing. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Aussie 470 Women Rechichi and Parkinson Hit The Front". World Sailing. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Women's 470 Pair Rechichi and Parkinson Win Australia's Second Gold". World Sailing. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Beijing 2008: Women's 470 Class". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2013.

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