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Sisters Discover Each Other At Track Meet After Living Apart For 17 Years
January 4, 2017
What was a routine track meet on Jan. 9, 2013, quickly transformed into a life-altering event for high school junior Jordan Dickerson of Washington, D.C. WUSA 9 reported that Dickerson, a student athlete at Wilson High School, was notified by her teammates that a girl on the other team looked exactly like her. After introducing herself and learning that the young woman, a senior at Friendship Collegiate, was named Robin Jeter, Dickerson dissolved into tears. She told WUSA 9 that she knew she'd been adopted and that her birth name was Jeter, therefore realizing that the two were actually long-lost sisters who had been living apart for 17 years.
Soon after, Dickerson and Jeter began piecing together their pasts. According to WUSA 9, Dickerson was given up for adoption after her birth, while Jeter "bounced around from biological mother, to foster care, to legal guardian." Yet despite their separate upbringings, Dickerson and Jeter both became track athletes in the same city, looking and sounding uncannily alike despite never having met each other. WUSA 9 added that they also possess several other similarities such as both having double-jointed thumbs and wearing the same shoe size.
When WUSA 9 left Dickerson and Jeter in 2013, the girls were making up for lost time and enjoying their newfound sisterhood, with Dickerson even planning to finally meet her biological mother. Interestingly enough, The Washington Post caught up with them in May and learned that they are still as close as ever, making up for all that lost time. Dickerson, now 19, studies at North Carolina A&T State University with plans to transfer to Parsons School of Design, while Jeter, 20, attends the University of the District of Columbia.
The Washington Post also describes the sisters' recent stint on the VH1 show, "Swab Stories," a program that uses DNA testing to explore family stories. Having never actually confirmed their genetic ties, Dickerson and Jeter used the show to discover that they are, in fact, biological sisters (although it's still unclear whether or not they share the same father). Dickerson tells The Washington Post that she hopes the VH1 appearance will continue to give people hope, stating, "I think it’s just a nice thing, and wanted to get our story out there. So people could be like, 'This actually can happen.'"