After 17 years of separation, two long lost sisters were finally reunited at a track meet earlier this season. And if it weren't for their teammates, they may have never met at all.
As first reported by David Owens of WUSA 9
, Jordan Dickerson, a junior at Wilson (Washington, D.C.)
, and Robin Jeter, a senior at Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.)
met for the first time at a track meet on Jan. 9. They may have missed each other entirely, had Dickerson's teammates not noticed a girl on the Friendship Collegiate team that looked strikingly familiar.
"My team was like 'she looks exactly
like you!'" said Dickerson.
After some prodding, Dickerson worked up the courage to approach Jeter, and it didn't take long for the two young athletes to realize that their similar appearance was no coincidence.
Dickerson, who was adopted shortly after her birth, knew that her original last name was Jeter. So once Robin mentioned her last name, the tears began to flow.
"I asked her, 'What's your mother's name on your birth certificate, what's her birthday, what does your birth certificate say at the bottom?'" said Jeter, who had bounced around from her biological mother, to foster care, to a legal guardian before meeting her sister.
The sisters have developed a strong relationship and have even found a few more similarities: same shoe size, same double-jointed thumbs.
To think, Dickerson only joined the track team to stay in shape.
"If I wouldn't have, I would have never met her," she said. "I'm so thankful I joined track."
Watch the unbelievable story below.