USA Luge hires 2006 Olympic medalist Andre Florschuetz as tech consultant

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA Luge has hired 2006 Olympic medalist Andre Florschuetz as a technology consultant, with hopes the move will provide the Americans another boost going into this winter's Pyeongchang Games.

Florschuetz teamed with Torsten Wustlich to give powerful Germany a silver medal in doubles at the Turin Games. He's also a former world championships medalist.

Florschuetz will be with USA Luge through the 2019-20 season. His hiring was announced Monday.

The top U.S. doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman finished a team-high third in the final World Cup doubles standings last season and did so on a sled built by Florschuetz.

The U.S. team is expected to start on-ice work for the coming season in early October.