THE 19-month-old daughter of US Olympic skier Bode Miller has drowned in a swimming pool.
Emeline Miller died in hospital the day after paramedics tried to revive her after she was found unconscious in a neighbour’s pool in California.
Her grief-stricken father posted a photo of the toddler on Instagram.
‘Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this,’ the 40-year-old wrote. ‘Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to its fullest every day.’
In a family video, ‘Emmy’ is seen being kissed on the cheek by her mother Morgan, 31, a professional beach volleyball player, as she repeatedly says: ‘Hi Dada.’
Her death is under investigation, Orange County sheriff’s department said. Paramedics were called to a home in Coto de Caza on Saturday and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the baby.
Cpt Tony Bommarito of Orange County Fire Authority said: ‘They had no pulses the whole way. It didn’t end well.’
The US Ski and Snowboard Team sent the family ‘wishes of strength and comfort’. US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn tweeted her ‘deepest condolences’.
Miller, who has three other children, is the most successful male skier in US history, with 33 World Cup wins, two overall titles, four world championships and six Olympic medals, including gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games in the super-combined. At the 2014 Sochi games he was the oldest alpine skier, then aged 36, to win a medal.
He once claimed he raced in a World Cup event while still drunk from partying the night before.