Bode Miller Honors Late Daughter Emme on the Slopes with Special Personalized Christmas Gift
Bode Miller honored his late daughter Emeline six months after her tragic death by debuting a pair of skis with her photo on them
Bode Miller is honoring his late daughter in a very special way.
On Friday, Miller, 41, shared a photo of himself holding a pair of skis with his daughter Emeline Grier‘s face on it.
“My favorite Christmas present. Taking my baby girl skiing today,” Miller captioned the shot, which was taken at Yellowstone Club in Montana.
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On Christmas Day, Miller’s wife Morgan Beck posted a touching tribute to the toddler on Instagram, marking the family’s first holiday without her.
“Merry Christmas to our baby girl in heaven,” Morgan wrote, commemorating daughter Emeline with photos taken by Rich Lander. “We miss you so much!”
The sweet tribute comes six months after the Olympic alpine skier and Morgan revealed that Emeline had drowned in a pool in the neighborhood of Coto de Caza, California, on June 10. She was 19 months old.
“It happened around 6:30 in the evening on Saturday night,” Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi previously told PEOPLE. “They were at a neighbor’s house, talking to the neighbors inside, and somehow the little girl made her way to the backyard pool.”
He added that Bode “was not in the area at the time.”
“She was only missing for just a short amount of time and Mom turned and was looking for her and didn’t see her right next to her,” he continued. “Mom went straight to the backyard to where the pool was. The child was in the pool. The mom pulled out the little girl and they started CPR immediately.”
Concialdi confirmed drowning as the cause of death even though Emeline was only in the water “a very short amount of time,” explaining, “As our guys approached the backyard, they just handed the child to our firefighter paramedics” and adding that his team wasn’t “on the scene for long” before Emeline was transferred to Mission Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Following Emeline’s death, the Millers, who wed in 2012, welcomed a baby boy named Easton Vaughn Rek Miller on Oct. 5.
The baby is the pair’s third child together and Bode’s fifth total. Morgan was about five months pregnant with him at the time of the accident.
Since losing their daughter, the Millers have become devoted to raising awareness about water safety.