It came four years after the Livingston athlete was disqualified from all three speed skating events at the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.
The 27-year-old had a great chance of winning the 500m at the Gangneung Ice Arena in South Korea yesterday.
But it ended with Dutch rival Yara van Kerkhof catching her left hand to send the Scot skidding across the ice.
Her semi-final struggle meant Christie had to start the final in the unfavourable fourth lane and she paid the price.
Minutes after the race, she said: “It’s tough. I worked so hard for the 500 and it’s just been taken away from me. Even in the semi-final I got crashed in and ended up in lane four.
“I know it’s short-track and I know I’m supposed to be prepared for this but it still hurts.
“Hopefully I’ve got a few days to reset. Obviously it’s still almost a week until my best distance, so that’s a positive. Right now, I just can’t see living with this feeling. It’s out of my control. I got knocked over and that’s that.”
She crashed out on the penultimate lap of the race and ended up finishing fourth after home favourite Choi Minjeong was disqualified with Italy’s Arianna Fontana taking gold.
Elise burst through her quarter-final heat when the action resumed on Tuesday but was forced to rely on a photo-finish to squeeze through her semi-final in second place.