In incredibly-tragic news out of Southern California yesterday, iconic American ski racer Bode Miller lost his 19-month-old daughter Emeline in a swimming pool accident.
The young girl apparently drowned, according to reports, in the Coto de Caza neighborhood of Orange County. When paramedics arrived, “Emmy” was not breathing and attempts to resuscitate her en route to the hospital were unsuccessful. The accident is still under investigation.
It is with the utmost sadness that we learned today of the passing of @MillerBode's daughter Emmy. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at U.S. Ski & Snowboard and across the whole snowsports world are with Bode, his wife Morgan and their family at this time.
— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) June 12, 2018
Miller has three other children and is married to Morgan Beck Miller, a professional beach volleyball player. “We are beyond devastated,” Miller wrote on Instagram. “Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday. Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to its fullest every day. Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time.”
Miller raced with an on-the-edge, go-for-broke intensity that endeared him to ski racing fans around the world. He enjoyed the most successful career in the history of U.S. men’s alpine skiing, winning two world cup championships, four world championships and six Olympic medals including a gold in Vancouver in 2010. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Miller family at this time.