'In the blink of an eye': Bode Miller and his wife open up about daughter's drowning

Bode Miller and his wife are opening up for the first time publicly about the devastating drowning of their 19-month-old daughter, warning other parents about how quickly tragedy can strike.

"It's unbelievable quick," the former Olympic skier said in a preview of the exclusive conversation with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie. "You'd think it'd be some weird circumstance or some strange thing. And it's not. It just happens in the blink of an eye."

Miller and his wife, professional beach volleyball player Morgan Beck Miller, lost their daughter, Emeline, last month after she fell into a pool during a neighbor's party.

Although her family was nearby, the young girl slipped through a back door. She was discovered in a pool shortly later and rushed to a hospital. She passed away the next day.

"A child under 30 pounds can drown in 30 seconds," Beck Miller said. "And I just keep counting to 30 in my head. That was all I needed."

Both parents initially shared the news through social media. They have since shared several posts about their daughter, hoping to prevent similar tragedies. They also have worked to start a campaign to raise money for water safety education charities.

On TODAY, Beck MiIller encouraged people to scan their surroundings whenever they visit someone's home.

"Survey the home to see if it's a safe place for your child to be," she said.

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Olympic skier Bode Miller poses after an interview in New York June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
America's Bode Miller, skiing in only his second World Cup season, skis to 8th place from a 43rd start position in the men's World Cup giant slalom November 20. The surprise finish was a personal best for the 21 year old from Franconia, NH, and the best U.S. time. Stephan Eberharter of Austria won the event. RTW/LJM/JDP
Bode Miller of the USA celebrates after winning the World Cup men's giant slalom race in Val d'Isere, December 9, 2001 in a total time of two minutes 36.02 seconds. Frederic Covili of France placed second and Stephan Eberharter of Austria was third. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier RP/
Bode Miller of the United States slams his way through a gate on his way to a silver medal in the men's combined downhill skiing at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, February 13, 2002 in Snowbasin. Miller had a total time of three minutes, 17.84 seconds to win the silver medal in the combined competition. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich JRB/HB
Italian Davide Simoncelli skis to his second place in the men's World Cup Giant Slalom at Alta Badia December 22, 2002. U.S. skier Bode Miller won in two minutes 33.81 ahaed of Simoncelli and Austrian Christian Mayer. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini AEM/
Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway bites his bronze medal after the Combined event at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in St. Moritz on February 6, 2003. Bode Miller of the United States won the gold medal in a total time of three minutes, 18.41 seconds ahead of the Norwegians Lasse Kjus and Kjetil Andre Aamodt. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini LE/WS
Bode Miller, of the United States, pushes out of the start gate to take his first run as the FIS Men's World Cup Downhill training began in Lake Louise, Canada, November 26, 2003. Lake Louise Winterstart will host the men's first downhill of the season on November 29. Miller posted a time of 1.51:10. REUTERS/Mike Blake MB/GN
Bode Miller of the U.S. smiles after placing second in the men's Alpine skiing World Cup slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, February 8, 2004. REUTERS/Marcus Gyger PLA/CR/
Bode Miller of the United States leans on his skis after he placed first in the Men's World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta November 28, 2004. Miller had a time of one minute, 28.18 seconds. Austrian skier Hermann Maier was second and teammate Michael Walchhofer was third. REUTERS/Andy Clark AC
Bode Miller of the U.S. concentrates before the third training session in the men's Alpine skiing World Cup downhill in Chamonix, French Alps, January 7, 2005. Miller clocked the second best time. Mont Blanc is seen in the background.
Miller of the US smiles as he poses with his gold medal after winning the men's Super-G race at the Alpine World Ski Championships in Bormio. Bode Miller of the U.S. smiles as he poses with his gold medal after winning the men's Super-G race at the Alpine Ski World Championships in the northern Italian resort of Bormio January 29, 2005. Miller won the race ahead of Austria's Michael Walchhofer who placed second and Austria's Benjamin Raich who came in third position. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Bode Miller of the US skis with one ski only during the men's combined downhill at the Alpine World Ski Championships in Bormio. Bode Miller of the US skis with one ski only during the men's combined downhill at the Alpine World Ski Championships in Bormio February 3, 2005. Miller, the overall Ski World Cup leader did not finish the race. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Last year's ski World Cup overall championship winner Bode Miller of the U.S. talks during a news conference in the Tyrolean ski resort of Soelden, Austria October 20, 2005. The alpine ski World Cup starts on the Rettenbach-glacier in Soelden on Saturday. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler
Bode Miller of the U.S. leaves the start house during the first training run for the men's Olympic downhill race at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Sestriere, Italy, February 9, 2006. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Bode Miller of the U.S. passes a pole during the first slalom leg of the men's Olympic combined race at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Sestriere, Italy February 14, 2006. Miller was disqualified after straddling a gate in the first leg of the slalom. The leaderboard initially showed the American overall World Cup champion nearly one second ahead of Austrian world champion Benjamin Raich after the first leg but television replays showed he had straddled the 42nd gate and he was disqualified. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Bode Miller of the United States smiles in the finish area after the second day's training session in the Men's Downhill World Cup in Val Gardena, northern Italy December 14, 2006. Switzerland's Didier Cuche clocked the best time ahead of his team mate Ambrosi Hoffman. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY)
Bode Miller of the U.S. sits on the chair lift after the third practice of the men's Alpine skiing World Cup downhill race at the Lauberhorn in Wengen January 10, 2008. Miller finished on the first place ahead of Manuel Osborne Paradis of Canada and Klaus Kroell of Autria. REUTERS/Pascal Lauener (SWITZERLAND)
Bode Miller of the United States is airborne during the first practice for the Alpine Skiing World Cup downhill race in Kitzbuehel January 15, 2008. REUTERS/Michael Leckel(AUSTRIA)
Two-time skiing World Cup overall champion Bode Miller answers a question at a media conference in Los Angeles, California September 24, 2009. Miller announced he is rejoining the U.S. Ski Team and will compete on the Audi FIS World Cup in hope of qualifying in his fourth Olympic Winter Games. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)
Bronze medallist Bode Miller of the U.S. waves during the medal ceremony for the men's Alpine skiing downhill competition at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Issei Kato (CANADA)
Bode Miller of the U.S. misses a gate during the first leg of the men's World Cup slalom skiing race in Val d'Isere, French Alps, December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT SKIING)
U.S. skier Bode Miller attends a news conference in the Tyrolean ski resort of Soelden October 20, 2011. The alpine ski World Cup opens with a women's and a men's Giant slalom onBS the upcoming weekend in Soelden. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (AUSTRIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING HEADSHOT)
Bode Miller of the the U.S. skis during the men's Alpine Skiing World Cup Downhill race on the Kandahar course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 26, 2012. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SKIING)
Olympic alpine skier Bode Miller poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING PORTRAIT)
Bode Miller of the U.S. goes airborne in the first training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Bode Miller of the U.S. skis during the third training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Bode Miller (R) of the U.S. stands next to his wife Morgan after finishing the downhill run of the men's alpine skiing super combined event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in Rosa Khutor February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Bode Miller of the U.S. speeds down in the men's Super G competition during the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup finals in the Swiss ski resort of Lenzerheide March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SKIING)
Feb 5, 2015; Beaver Creek, CO, USA; Bode Miller of the United States kisses his wife Morgan Beck after crashing during the men's Super G in the FIS alpine skiing world championships at Birds of Prey Racecourse. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
Olympic skier Bode Miller poses after an interview in New York June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Former Olympic gold medal winner Alpine skier Bode Miller smiles during an interview in Innsbruck, Austria, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Philip O'Connor
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Savannah said her interview with the couple, who also have a 3-year-old son and are expecting a third child in October, completely changed her thinking around children and pool safety.

"They're speaking out at the depths of their grief and they're doing it because they want to get the word out to other parents," she said Friday about her discussion.

"They are very careful parents. We all think, 'Oh, but it wouldn't happen to me,' or, 'Here's the reason it wouldn't happen to me,'" she said. "They are an example of, it could happen to everyone. And we need to change our thinking around this."

The full interview will air Monday on TODAY.

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