Published May 12, 2013
These sisters both reside in Washington, D.C., attending schools just 10 minutes away from each other. They boast the same shoe size and, uncannily – and beautifully -- resemble one another. They both have the same double-jointed thumbs and play many of the same sports.
But until January, Robin and Jordan Jeter, both 17, had never met.
“At first I didn’t know I had any siblings,” Robin told WUSA 9, the first to tell the remarkable story of the sisters’ fortuitous meeting, earlier this year. “As time went on, I only thought I had one sibling. I didn’t know I had any more.”
Born nine months before her till-now-undiscovered sister, Jordan, a junior at Wilson High School, was adopted shortly after birth. Meanwhile, Robin, a senior at nearby Friendship Collegiate, also in Washington, D.C., bounced from biological mother, to foster care, to a legal guardian.
In January, the two fatefully met at – of all things – a track meet.
“My team was like, ‘She looks exactly like you,’” said Jordan. “I started, like, crying. I already knew about my adoption and I knew my last name was Jeter.”
The two exchanged phone numbers, and that night talked on the phone.
"I was so anxious to know more about her. 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," Robin said, while Jordan, sitting beside her, laughed at her sister’s recollection of the recent conversation.
"I was like ‘What is this? An interrogation?’" Jordan told the TV station with a laugh.
Now, they reportedly spend every weekend together, at a local track, or each other’s houses, and plan to search for additional separated siblings.
Today – on Mother’s Day – Jordan reportedly was set to meet her biological mother for the first time.
"It's been so long, I just feel like I've never be apart from her," added Jordan of her sister. "If I wouldn't have (participated in school sports), I would have never met her. I'm so thankful I joined track."